Fort Selden Historic Site

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (The Royal Road to the Interior) was formally established by the Spanish in 1598. The Trail was 1,500 miles long and stretched from Mexico City to Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo), where the Spanish first established a permanent settlement. This is one of North America’s oldest and most significant routes. Native Americans had used the route for thousands of years before the Spanish arrived and their settlements and Pueblos were scattered throughout the region. Once established, this corridor between Mexico City and northern New Mexico was traversed for centuries and trade goods, ideas, cultural heritage, faiths, and foods have been shared and exchanged, shaping the region’s character and identity.

Click here to download a history on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

For more information:

National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/elca/index.htm

National Park Service Maps: https://www.nps.gov/elca/planyourvisit/maps.htm

National Park Service Interactive Map: https://www.nps.gov/elca/planyourvisit/places-to-go.htm

Bureau of Land Management: https://www.blm.gov/visit/el-camino-real-de-tierra-adentro-national-historic-trail

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail Association (CARTA): http://caminorealcarta.org/

UNESCO World Heritage Trail, Mexico: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1351/

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art: https://www.spanishcolonial.org/ 

For more information on specific locations along El Camino Real click here.